Distinguished Indigenous speaker presents on cultural safety and racism in today’s society

On Wednesday 29 July 2015, RAHC’s parent company, Aspen Medical, hosted special guest, Pat Anderson AO, to present on the importance of cultural safety and racism in today’s society.

Pat is an Alyawarre woman from the Northern Territory and is known nationally and internationally as a powerful advocate for disadvantaged people. Pat maintains a particular focus on the health of Australia’s First Peoples, which earned her an appointment as Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the Indigenous community. Pat was also a member of the RAHC Board from 2008 to 2012.

The presentation focussed on the research conducted by the Lowitja Institute about the effects of racism, inequality and the negative effects that racism can have on the health of those affected.

The Mental Health Impacts of Racial Discrimination in Victorian Aboriginal Communities report (The Lowitja Institute, 2013) found that 97% of those surveyed experienced racism in the past 12 months. Those who experienced the most racism recorded the highest psychological distress scores.

The presentation was a part of Aspen Medical’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which aims to “engage, partner and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in a meaningful way to deliver improved health outcomes whilst improving cultural understanding and awareness.”

 

For more information about the Lowitja Institute, click here.

Friday, 31 July 2015